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Mood swings are a normal part of childhood, but sometimes there's more to it. Knowing the signs of bipolar can help you know if your child needs help.  Read my article here.

 
 
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Caring for a child with a chronic medical condition takes a lot of time and attention.  Sometimes non-diagnosed siblings need help coping too.  Find some helpful tips here.

 
 
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Part II of "Me Time"  Read more here

 
 
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Are you coping with a chronic illness?  Read tips on prioritizing to find "Me Time" in Part I here!

 
 
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For parents, it helps to have good communication and boundaries when raising a child who struggles with chronic illness.


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Cheesman Park
If you're looking for a new approach to therapy, then Walk & Talk is for you!  My clients are raving about the energy and creativity that this form of counseling brings to them.  Why sit on a couch, when you can enjoy the beautiful parks of Denver?

For more information, call me at (720) 425-5334!

 
 
I am pleased and excited to share my new office with you!  Beginning Monday, May 20th we will meet at: 

1731 E. 16th Avenue, Denver 80218

It is on the corner of 16th Avenue and Williams in City Park West.  Also in the building are a psychiatric nurse practitioner, play therapist and esthetician.  See you there!

 
 
 
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Denver Walk & Talk Therapy – 
Moving You Forward!

What is it?
Walk & Talk therapy is a form of psychotherapy that incorporates walking while talking about issues and problem-solving. 

It is a workout?
Not necessarily.  Walking helps get the blood moving, thus encouraging more on-the-spot thinking and creativity.  We will walk at a pace where you feel comfortable.

What if I can't walk for 45 minutes?
No problem!  We will walk at a comfortable pace and distance.  There are benches throughout the parks if we need to sit for awhile.

What about the weather?
You decide if you’re willing to brave the elements.  If the weather is inclement, we can meet at my office.  However, some people find walking in the soft rain or gently falling snow invigorating.

What should I wear?
Dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.  You might consider bringing a hat or sunglasses, as well as a bottle of water.

Where will we meet?
The initial session will take place in my office so we can complete intake paperwork. 

Subsequent visits will take place at either City Park (Mondays), Cheesman Park (Wednesdays), or Washington Park (Fridays).  Meet-up location and directions will be given before the appointment.  

Is this a good option for my child?
Walk & Talk therapy is an excellent option for adolescents who have trouble opening up to adults and expressing their feelings.  An ‘office without walls’ helps youth feel free to talk more openly.

What about confidentiality?
Many people walk through the park at any given time.  We will be talking about private issues and others may overhear bits and pieces of our conversation.  However, we will take appropriate measures to ensure that your confidentiality is maintained to the best of our ability.


 
 
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How many of you are ‘outdoor kids’?  I know I am!  After living in Florida and now Colorado, I've come to appreciate my time outside running, hiking, camping, biking and walking, either alone or with friends.  Sitting inside on a sunny day (or any day for that matter!) makes me feel antsy, like I should be outside doing something.  I've determined that feeling at least partially stems from my younger years in the Midwest, where nice days seemed few and far between. 

Know what else makes me (and lots of other people) feel restless?  Sitting in an office.  Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself at your workplace (OK, read through this first, and then close your eyes!).  Are you sitting in front of a computer?  Are you surrounded by four walls?  Can you hear the buzz of the florescent lighting?  You yawn and find it difficult to concentrate.  You go for a second (or third?) cup of coffee to make it through the afternoon, yet your creativity is lacking and you just can’t find a solution to the problem at hand.  Sound familiar?

Now, close your eyes once again and vision yourself as a child, running around outside barefoot on a summer day.  Picture you talking and laughing with a friend.  The sun is bright and warms your skin.  Birds are chirping in the trees and you feel a slight breeze.  Your blood is pumping and you feel energized.  The surroundings ignite your imagination, and you develop a plan to conquer the bad guy or change the world.  When you finally get called in for the night, you think about your successful adventure…and your body and mind rest peacefully.

The bottom line: Inactivity causes our heart rate to slow, reducing blood flow to our brain and to the rest of our body, blocking our vision and ingenuity.   It can also lead to health problems.  On the contrary, being active has physical and mental effects.  Positive effects.  Personally and professionally I have experienced this connection between the mind and body, and more studies are showing the link between mental and physical health (Good for you, science!).  Clearly, some medical challenges can be overcome with exercise, and we now know that depressive and anxious symptoms (among others) are greatly reduced with exercise too.     

So if movement improves our physical health and mental clarity, shouldn't we combine them?

Absolutely!  It’s called: Walk & Talk Therapy.

This style of therapy has been around for several years, and it is a big contrast to sitting on a couch talking about problems.  Sitting stagnant in an office can sometimes result in dull problem-solving skills, but walking outside gets the blood flowing to your brain, thus improving positive thoughts, creativity and problem-solving skills.

We’ll talk details of Walk & Talk Therapy in Part 2…